Some things moms know best. It doesn’t mean dads can’t know or do them. But moms just do them better. At our house, one of those “mom things” is fixing hair.
Over the past year, Miss E has become quite particular and vocal about her hair. She needs a certain brush with specific hair ties or bows. She’s strong willed and highly opinionated even when it comes to her hair. Imagine that. A taste of my own medicine.
Last night Miss E and I set up Hair School for Daddy. He practiced on the patient daughter, Miss A. She’s not really patient but she’s at least more patient than Miss E.
|Daddy practiced doing hair on Miss A|
How did it all turn out? Well, first I must say, my husband can do finish carpentry work with his hands but has struggled with little girls hair ties since becoming a daddy to daughters. I knew he would catch on with some instruction and practice.
I also hugely appreciate that he didn’t roll his eyes at our hair school idea last night. He encourages and supports me in my working remotely from home career. Not all husbands would but he understands the benefits it has for our family and wants me to feel at ease and reassured when I am away on short business travel. Therefore, he played along with our hair school, knowing that having the girls’ hair done matters to me, especially on hot summer days.
Of course, Daddy learned. It wasn’t perfect but the ponytails Daddy can now create will keep the girls cool on summer days while I have a little work mom travel. We also taught him the ease of headbands and the girls both compiled.
No one was more proud of her daddy’s big accomplishment than Miss E.
Daddy passed hair school.
I was beaming behind the camera just as much as Miss E was.
Work mom travel isn’t easy. My career isn’t on the prairie but my greatest loves are. Thankfully my husband goes out of his way to put my mind at ease over the littlest of my worries, like making sure the girls have ponytails in their hair when I am away for work.
One more work mom thing I do before travel is what Miss E is standing in front of…which is her desk with outfits laid out. It forces me to have laundry done and organized. I used just lay out the amount of outfits for the days I would be gone for. But the girl needs more choices. Now she can have options and can choose each morning what she wants to wear. I have the same for Miss A but she isn’t quite as…particular as her older sister. It is a lot less intimidating for Daddy to have outfits laid out in advance than having to open up the closet and see nothing but pink and not know what goes with what.
It’s the silly, petty, little things that somehow put my work mom mind at ease.
I am blessed with happy kids and a helpful daddy.
What tricks or routines help keep you organized…or sane?
Note: this blog doesn’t show the toys I tripped over to take the above pictures or the stack of laundry on the recliner in our bedroom that is still not folded or the bills I stuffed in my purse on my way out the door this morning so I make sure I pay them while I travel today. I will not pretend for one minute I am an organized mom.
oh, but you make sure your babies are tended to with fresh, matched clothes (with options!) and now hair bows and ties. that’s what matters!
You are an amazing Mom – I don’t work and most of the time my girls left home without their hair having seen a hairbrush that morning!
Rob and Carrie says
So cute! Can’t wait until that happens at our house!
mountain mama says
very sweet. when my daddy was raising me he would braid my wet hair every night. i’d lay on the dining room table with the head hanging off to help…not sure how it helped but it did =)
way cool that he tries to help you not worry while ur away!
Kelly M. Rivard says
I love the intense look of concentration on his face in that first picture. I detect a slight hint of terror as well. I am the youngest of four (there were two of us girls) and mom worked a lot, so Daddy was left to help us get ready for school in the morning. No one gave him hair school, so I ended up being quite the sight most days. It’s a good thing I have a pretty easy-going sense of humor! I’m glad hair school went well, and I’m glad that your husband is so supportive in making occasions like this week less stressful for you!
Lisa @ Two Bears Farm says
My husband doesn’t know how easy he has it – not having hair school in his future, LOL. Looks like your husband did very well!
I agree with Kelly’s comment: the first thing I noticed was your hubby’s eyes in that picture!
Sounds like he’s a great hubby and father!
Awww…what a great guy he is! I am terrible with hair and have a ten year old daughter. Good thing she is a bit tomboyish.
Great job Dad! I think it’s wonderful he was up for hair school!
I’ll never forget the intense fear in my father’s eyes when I would talk about hair ties, dresses, etc. I still remember the first time I ever decided to sneak out of the house as a high school kid. I forgot my key and when I got caught (because I had to knock on the front door to get back in) I told Dad that I had to go out to the car to get “personal” things. Dad’s eyes shivered with fear and he never asked me another question. I never decided to sneak out again…it scared me to death!
Anyway, tell Dad good job and hang in there, he’s got a lot more girl stuff in the future!